Certification - Initial CTE (valid for four years; renewable for three years)
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Career Tech Educator Certification

Initial CTE (valid for five years; renewable for three years)


The first regular CTE certificate issued to CTE teachers in Washington is the Initial CTE Teacher Certificate. An applicant must document the following:

Preparation and Experience (College/University Route)

Preparation and Experience (Business & Industry Route)

  • Have completed a Washington Professional Standards Board- approved program for the business and industry route, and
  • Document 3 years (6,000 hours) of paid occupational experience in the specific CTE subcategory/specialty area for which certification is sought. One year (2,000 hours) must be within the past 6 years. If any of the 2,000 hours is more than 6 years old, 300 hours of the experience must be within the past 2 years.

You may use your CTE National Board certificate to advance to the Continuing CTE certificate. More information on the application.

For details on the documents needed and process to obtain this certificate, please see the application.



Electronic Certification Application



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